April 23, 2024

Press Freedom


Ghana June 8, 2005

H.E. John Agyekum Kufuor
Office of the President
The Castle
P.O.Box 1627
Republic of Ghana
Fax: (011.233.21) 66-40-89

Your Excellency:

The non-partisan Overseas Press Club of America (OPC), whose more than 600 hundred members have had extensive experience in international journalism, was deeply shocked to learn of the recent beating of a working journalist while covering a by-election in Aboabo-Adukrom, in the Ashanti region of Ghana .

It appears from a report by The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), that Emmanuel Duah , a reporter for the privately owned radio station, Happy-FM, was beaten with clubs and stones on April 21 while attempting to cover the by-election.  We are informed that Mr. Duah’s assailants mistook him for a sympathizer of one of the two political parties contesting the election and beat him until he fell unconscious. We understand that he was taken to a hospital where he regained consciousness and was treated for his injuries.

We are writing to you about this case because of the reported failure of the national and local government in Ghana to maintain sufficient order near the voting polls to prevent this kind of occurrence. Ghana has subscribed to United Nations pledges to respect freedom of expression and of the press. This obligation includes responsibility to assure the safety of local journalists doing their jobs of reporting political events.

We urgently and respectfully request that your Government investigate the attack on Mr. Duah and punish those responsible for this despicable event.

Respectfully yours,
George Bookman
Norman A. Schorr
Freedom of the Press Committee



Fritz Kwabena Poku

Ambassador of Ghana to the U.S.

Embassy of the Republic of Ghana

3512 International Drive, NW

Washington , DC 20008

Fax: (202) 686-4527



Ambassador Nana Effah-Apenteng

Permanent Representative

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Ghana to the United Nations

19 East 47 th Street

New York , NY 10017

Fax: (212) 751-6743



Mary C. Yates

U.S. Ambassador to Ghana

Embassy of the United States of America

Ring Road East



Fax: (011.233.21) 77-60-08